Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Predation


Other than the chickens invading the garden we were finding evidence that deer were hopping the garden fence so I strung electric fence tape two feet above the fence and hooked it to a charger. This was good for about two weeks but then the deer learned to jump over the six foot high tape. Raspberries, lettuce and peas were drastically pruned.

We found a solution and it was probably the best $70 we’ve spent (though you can get it for nearly half that price on-line). It is a motion detecting device that sprays a noisy jet of water all around to frighten off any deer that even comes close to the garden. We’ve had it set up for three weeks now and we have seen no sign of deer in the garden since.

9 Comments:

Anonymous gearhead said...

After 21 years on this property, we have had only one deer enter our fenced garden.
And THAT was when we hired Hank.
Who is Hank?
Hank is our scarecrow.
Hank wears a Union Local 555 hat, a Union 555 T-shirt, jeans, a beer bottle in each front back and front pocket, and shirt pockets.
In total, Hank carries a 6-pack at all times while doing his job watching over the garden.

Sometimes, visitors ask us, "Hey, whats up with the scarecrow?"
We tell them, " That's Hank, the permanantly layed off Union scarecrow that now works in our garden, part time, no benefits."
We love him!

4:37 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I bet he looks like Norm...

6:06 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I hope I can remember this if I ever have trouble with deer. I wonder if it works on raccoons and opossums.

6:33 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

There's nothing like a traditional scarecrow but I think that motion activated sprayer thingy looks like fun. I might get one and set it up in my front yard just for yucks.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could use it to keep taggers out of the alley in L.A.

8:36 AM  
Blogger weese said...

ha! we got one of these for my mom because there were neighbors cats that were using her flower beds as litter boxes.
worked like a charm.
tho ...it kept the landscapers away too.
her condo association made us take it down.
:)

2:26 PM  
Blogger Nulaanne said...

I don't have deer I have two indoor cats. There kept getting into the wrong things. So I bought something called a Sssscat. A motion sensor that sits on an air can.

Best entertainment in the world.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Auntie said...

where were you with this knowledge before my roses and fruit trees were decimated last month?

8:13 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Donna, it should as long as it can see them. Sometimes the chickens set mine off.

Darev, surprise your pets and neighbors.

Anon, maybe it's time you move...just sayin...

Weese, have her try moth balls in her flower beds.

Nulaanne, cats are fun to surprise. I'd rather surprise a cat than a horse.

Auntie, remember I took three months off... Get one now for next year, or to surprise the husband and kids when they come home late.

6:57 AM  

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